Things were in full-action mode now. The train had left the station. Pilate, the Governor from Rome, had this Jesus before him, and really did not know why. Clearly,Jesus had rubbed the Jewish leadership the wrong way, but, that really had nothing to do with Pilate or with Rome. So, there Pilate sat and had to make a decision to execute a popular Jew for a non-existent crime. Even Pilate’s wife said, do not do anything to this guy…But, Pilate thought it would be clever to let the crowds pick Jesus–it was Passover, and hey this is the dude they were celebrating last Sunday, no-brainer, right? So, the crowd picked a terrorist named Barabbas, instead. Then Pilate asked what to do with their “Messiah”, the crowd screamed crucify Him; talk about a political backfire.
So, Pilate did what he could do–he turned Jesus over to be tortured and killed. there is not much more is said in history about Pilate. Few would have known, that Pilate would be instrumental in changing the world. His decision set into place our redemption. It is a crushing thing to see the level of injustice and political intrigue caused by Jesus presence. He was on Earth to show people what God was like, and that God loved them. He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons and fed the hungry. He always spoke the truth, in love, to everyone that would hear it. He never raised a sword against friend or foe.
Still, We must remember, this was the plan. Jesus was to be the sacrifice of atonement for all mankind. He was walking willingly along this path and never regretted a minute of it. That is the picture of Romans 5:8–“God demonstrated His love for us; in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Pilate was a part of God’s plan. God used the political intrigue and short-sightedness of men to accomplish His plan to restore us. Thank You, Lord, for accepting such treatment simply to accomplish Your plan for our lives.
God Bless You
Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.
19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the cr .owd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.
“Barabbas,” they answered.
22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”
26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.